The universe is true for us all and dissimilar to each of us

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Zaia

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"Lately I’ve been feeling under water, I’d rather lie to you than hurt myself. Don’t know why I’m feeling under water." 20-year-old Atlanta native Zaia is back with Insensitive. Get it.


Insensitive is out now.

His nature was really like a sheet of paper that has been folded so often in every direction that it is impossible to straighten it out

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Josh Rivers

Why I'm glad Josh Rivers got what he deserved

Until the news of his downfall broke, I hadn't heard of Josh Rivers. I stopped buying magazines like Gay Times - aimed at a privileged, white, gay elite - years ago. Not only did its content (empty consumerism and puff pieces for straight pop culture "icons") bear no relation to my life, but... the internet. (KAOS compared GT to The Tenth in 2015. Check it out.)

Not knowing much about Rivers didn't stop me from revelling in Schadenfreude. When I read his vile Tweets, I wasn't in the least bit surprised - not even that someone in his position had been caught with his pants down. The nasty, foul mouthed vitriol is exactly what I expect from Rivers and his sneering, entitled ilk: those cocktail-sipping, preening, jerks all too often held up as the gay archetype. Overlooked in Rivers' torrent of bile is an issue that's often overlooked in the LGBT community: class hatred, or, if you like, plain snobbery. Racism in the gay community is finally getting the attention it deserves. Now we need to look at classism.


Once, at work, apropos of nothing, a gay man called me a "fucking immigrant". I can hear Josh Rivers saying that, to the barman at his favourite haunt, the cashier at the Waitrose he shops at, or the guy working in the Tube station. Men like Rivers hate the working class. So it was depressing to see the likes of Topher Campbell defending Rivers on the BBC's Newsnight programme. Yes, black people in positions of power are held to a higher level of scrutiny than white people, but that doesn't mitigate the fact that Rivers did do exactly what he's been accused of. And claiming that he's been sacked, whilst the likes of Boris Johnson (another poisonous bigot) is still in a job is disingenuous. Campbell should be more concerned with the black gay men Rivers has let down, the ones who don't have Rivers' money and status.

Rivers' apology (if we can call it that) is self indulgent and self serving. Apparently, Rivers deserves a round of applause because he's "grown" (Rivers wrote these Tweets in his mid 20s, not his mid teens). In fact, what these unguarded tweets show is his real self, not the airbrushed politician he's presented in his role as LGBT spokesman.

Something ugly crawled out from beneath that veneer of superficial beauty, and Rivers takes his place in the company of fellow monsters: the Thiels and Yiannopoulos' of this world. He got found out.

An hour is not merely an hour; it is a vase full of scents and sounds and projects and climates

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Fabian Secon

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London's Fabian Secon (one of Complex's 10 British R&B/Soul Artists To Watch In 2017) gets dark and sensual with the deadly Blood Kisses. You can't resist. Get it.


No Show is out now.

Toro y Moi

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Here's No Show, the hypnotic latest from Toro y Moi's acclaimed album Boo Hoo. Get it.


No Show is out now.

I was not unhappy, except one day at a time

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Here's the stunning video for Young Fathers' latest, Lord. “For me, the video stemmed from… Like how do you describe an emotion, clearly and precisely when you’re completely immersed in it all? An act of internal withdrawal from the outside world, when all you need from the outside world is for someone, anyone, to show they care,” says Young Fathers’ Alloysious Massaquoi. The rest of the Scottish band are Kayus Bankole, and 'G' Hastings. Get it.


Lord is out now.

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity

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KillASon

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French alt-rapper KillASon (aka Marcus Dossavi-Gourdot) is back with the explosive Blow, from his STW2 (Strange The World 2) EP, out 26th January 2018. Get it.


Blow is out now.

Each of us is indeed alone

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Suffer The Children

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Chin Injeti, Rian Peters, and Shallom Johnson are alt-R&B trio Suffer The Children, and Someone To Lose is their dreamy latest. Get it.


Someone To Lose is out now.

Happiness is salutary for the body but sorrow develops the powers of the spirit

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Aaron Taylor

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"There’s a version of me I haven’t seen in a while
Somwhere way in the distance is a boy still with his smile"


London boy Aaron Taylor's gorgeous Still Life dropped last year, and he's back again with the equally lovely Saw You In My Dreams. Get it.


Still Life is out now.

So few are the easy victories as the ultimate failures

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HUSH

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Lose yourself in LA artist HUSH's second single, Waves. Get it.


Waves is out now.

Love is a reciprocal torture

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A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience

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Oscar winner William Wyler once again does a masterful job directing Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and Anthony Perkins in the screen version of Jessamyn West’s Friendly Persuasion (1956).

Dealing with a family of Quakers and their response to the outbreak of the Civil War, it is a brilliantly acted, often poignant, funny and evocative film, rich in detail, with a sumptuous score by Dimitri Tiomkin. The perfect family movie for a warm, winter’s holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!  Steve Hayes

But to ask pity of our body is like discoursing in front of an octopus, for which our words can have no more meaning than the sound of the tides, and with which we should be appalled to find ourselves condemned to live




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ABSLM VLTN

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"We follow where the sun goes
Cos we believe that we will see the light"


ABSLM VLTN's latest is fascinating. Get it.


Jungle is out now.

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves

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“This year I realized I might have hit a glass ceiling, because I don’t have a big army behind me—no institution, no coins. I believe in my art and abilities, but I don’t believe in the system.” Baltimore-born Abdu Ali is refreshingly frank. His latest is Chastity. Here's an interview. Get it.


MONGO, his debut mixtape, is out now.

Most of the supposed expressions of our feelings merely relieve us of them by drawing them out of us in an indistinct form that does not teach us to know them



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OC

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Discover 22-year-old Londoner Tom Tripp, and his debut EP RED. Here's an interview. Get it.


RED is out now.

The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain

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Frighteningly talented Copenhagen duo Anton Falck Gansted and Joakim Nørgaard - First Hate - have dropped a video for Bullets of Dust. Get it.


A Prayer For The Unemployed, their debut album, is out now.

It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying

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"If I'm not the right one / tell me what you're waiting for..."

New wave, synths, harmonica, and spoken word: The One, from Copenhagan's First Hate, stuns. Get it.


A Prayer For The Unemployed, their debut album, is out now.

I have friends wherever there are companies of trees, wounded but not vanquished, which huddle together with touching obstinacy to implore an inclement and pitiless sky



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“[I’m] an angel fallen from heaven or I’m a silly faggot just depends on the way you looking at it. Either way I’m about to let these niggas have it.”

Angel is the latest from rapper (and "multimedia cunt") Mister Wallace. Get it.


Faggot, his debut EP, out now.

Andre Donovan

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Usually seen and not heard, out gay model Shaun Ross has now dropped his debut single, Symmetry. Rolling Stone has an interview with him.


Symmetry is out now.

Unkindness is inspired by hatred, anger fuels it into action in which there is no great joy; it would take sadism to turn it into something pleasurable; unkind people imagine themselves to be inflicting pain on someone equally unkind




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A lil neo-blues for ya. It's New Orlean's Benjamin Booker. Get it.


Benjamin Booker's new album, Witness, is out now.

I felt myself still reliving a past which was no longer anything more than the history of another person

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"They wanna see me act up/ They wanna see a mothafucka act up..." Prince Airick is back with blazing ballroom anthem Act Up, a fiery tribute to underground ballroom culture. Get it.


Prince Airick's EP, Diplomatic Duty, is out soon.

There are mountainous, arduous days, up which one takes an infinite time to climb, and downward-sloping days which one can descend at full tilt, singing as one goes



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We don't know much about Slyde, who he (or they) are, or what he/they look like. What I do know is that Daydream is lush and dreamy. Get it.

One says the things which one feels the need to say, and which the other will not understand: one speaks for oneself alone

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Moses Sumney was mesmerising on Later... with Jools Holland, where sadly he performed just one song. Here he is with Plastic...


Aromanticism, his debut album, is out now. See more of Moses here at KAOS.

In a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things

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Ritchelly Oliveira

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The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain

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Our shadows, now parallel, now close together and joined, traced an exquisite pattern at our feet

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There's a delicious retro vibe to New York singer Xavier White's latest, Dancing After Dark. Get it.


Dancing After Dark is out now.
 
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